With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished and self-published Canadian creative writers, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:
the publication of their contest winning poetry on this contest website;
one copy (print or ebook version) of Mentor Me: Instruction and Advice for Aspiring Writers; and
private online mentoring sessions with the contest judge.
An interview with the first-prize winner will be published by the contest on its website, or an affiliated publication, or on Allyson Latta's website, "Memories into Story", www.allysonlatta.ca, recommended by The Writer magazine in the 125th-anniversary issue as one of "16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites" (March 2012). Allyson has also served our contest's Editorial Consultant and published interviews of our contest winners from 2012 to 2015. To read our interview with our 2017 first-prize winner, Jill Reitman, click here.
IN 2017, WE PUBLISHED OUR NEW GUIDE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS!
See Prizes for more details. Visit Prizes & Winners for our announcement of contest winners from 2012 to 2017.
In its inaugural year, 2012, Evelyn Lau served as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. See Contest Judge for biographies of current and past judges.
Please note that the contest will not run in calendar year 2019. We thank all entrants for their participation in previous years and we invite you to learn about our year-round online mentoring services offered at www.aspiringcanadianwriters.org.
This guide provides instruction and advice for aspiring writers in the following areas:
It contains hundreds of pages of interviews from acclaimed writers and mentors as well as self-authored essays from industry experts. In each section there is also a concluding piece called "Mentor Me: An Inside View", which is an overview of the process of one-on-one mentoring sessions, including the "before and after", the first and final drafts of a poem, song, or screenplay.
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